Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir held a joint press conference following talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow on Wednesday.
The situation in Syria and, in particular, Idlib dominated discussions.
With regard Idlib, both Ministers confirmed the common understanding of the need for distinguishing “the Al-Nusra terrorists” and their affiliates from “the armed opposition” seeking to join the political process.
The top diplomats expressed their determination to stick to 2254 resolution by the UN Security Council and support the political process in Syria.
Raising the issue of Iran, Saudi Foreign Minister expressed his disapproval of the Iranian Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, adding that more sanctions should be imposed on Iran.
“We have been saying that this plan is weak since the beginning. It does not imply vigorous measures which would prevent Iran from continuing to promote its nuclear program in the shortest possible time,” Al-Jubeir said. “There is a danger that they could create a nuclear bomb in a short time,” he added.
The two diplomats also discussed bilateral relations, mutual trade, the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as situation in the Persian Gulf and the Palestinian-Israeli settlement.
They also talked about the implementation of agreements made between Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin back in October 2017.
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